Ballarat SC currently sit as one of four teams at the top of the Men's State League 5 West competition on five wins and coach Jamie Winton knows if they want to remain there, they need to wins games against their lower ranked opponents.
Ballarat will come up against the eighth-placed Melton Phoenix on the road and know these are the sort of games they need to come out of with a convincing victory.
"Beating some of the middle-table teams is an absolute must for us," Winton said.
"There's a clear top four so far in the competition and if we want to stay within that top four these are the sort of games we need to make sure we secure the win."
Winton added his team is confident ahead of their match-up with the Phoenix without being arrogant.
"We're coming off a really positive week - we're not over-confident but we believe in our abilities."
Ballarat's main ability thus far has been putting the ball in the back of the net with great volume. Ballarat have scored the most goals in the competition through seven rounds, netting 24 of their shots.
Winton believes his side's aggressive style can often catch teams off guard early and tire them out late.
"We want to play a high intensity game which will provide a lot of fast scoring opportunities, especially on the counter attack. This means we can often score early and really put teams under the pump with our pressure.
"Beyond the counter-attack, our fitness will allow us to have good legs down the end of games which can provide us opportunities when our opponents get tired."
Ballarat will take on Melton at MacPherson Park on pitch two at 3pm of Saturday.